By: Jenna-Lee Strugnell
Published: Thursday, 15th October 2015
Tales of Turning is dedicated to providing support to vulnerable mothers in South Africa so that they in turn can offer support to their children. During the past few months we have set up Mothers Support groups in Durban. Through Narrative Therapy techniques, such as the Tree of Life, the mothers have shared more about their stories as well as their dreams for their own lives and those of their children.
During the sessions the mothers expressed how important their children are to them. In accordance with their hopes for their children one of our mothers groups decided to run a homework centre every Saturday for the vulnerable children in their community.
With sponsorship from Vodacom, Tales of Turning, provided the resources for the homework group so that the children have a space where they can complete school projects. Educational resources, such as puzzles and worksheets, contribute to the development of the children’s skills. Volunteers from the wider community have joined the group to support the mothers in their new endeavour.
During one of our meetings we were joined by Occupational Therapist, Tammy Hunter, who taught the mothers activities that they can do with their children to help them to reach their developmental milestones. We learnt fine motor activities as well as exercises to help children with reading and writing. The mothers were excited to start using these new skills at home and at the homework centre.
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